10 SEC READ: The muddy road


Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

“Come on, girl,” said Tanzan at once.
Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself.

“We monks can’t be near females,” he told Tanzan, “especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

“I left the girl there,” said Tanzan. “Are you still carrying her?”


  1. Khanum says:

    short content but great meaning…thanks a lot :)

  2. my_name_is_jam says:

    I like it :D

  3. Waseem Babar says:

    Great short read!
    To me these are words of wisdom.
    Feelings are the heartbeats of words, without feelings words are dead words. Tanzan not only pays attention to the heartbeats of Ekido’s words but also that they are faster.
    If we take the feelings out of Ekido’s words, we can’t make sense of Tanzan’s reply to them.

  4. Raj Kapoor says:

    mind have memory ,mind have imagination
    heart (soul) have power , purity and dedication
    the thought can be corrupted but purity can’t
    a dedicated soul always sees how to help/assist in making it all easy for another soul let it be a human or t…hat of an animal …
    Ekido will be soon be carrying his soul in his palm by end of journey

  5. Themba says:

    I love the spiritual content in all the comments and May God be your guide always.

  6. Fabiola says:

    Que foto!!!!!!!

  7. cheryl field says:

    So never suppose you know anothers heart or intention. Be your own judge not that of your fellow man. A hard thing to learn, but once learned you have peace and a still mind.♥

  8. Salman Ata says:

    a very straightforward but still hidden msg in this small story…thats inspiring…
    all about heart, mind feeling and concentration

  9. Nancy Dodeja says:

    Tanzan followed the spirit of the law, while Ekido followed the letter of the law.Emmanuel Kant says intention is everything. Whom do you think acted in the best manner?

    1. Mary Gomes says:

      It reminds me of the Pharisees who followed the letter of the law, while Christ, who is God the Trinity, followed the spirit of His law.

  10. Shachi says:

    Its simple yet beautiful!!!!!!!!
    Lovely and its msg is beautiful

  11. np says:

    this story is not stressing the ability to be detached, it’s stressing the purity of heart and mind.

  12. Maita says:

    I should say I’m so impressed with the hidden statement in the story.

    1. vee says:

      absolutley beautiful! i had to read it twice to comprehend the hidden msg!

  13. tara says:

    simple and lovely .

  14. Anshul says:

    It’s Just what you feel….:)

  15. Anshul says:

    It’s just what u feel…

  16. Sajith says:

    Just inspiring.. Simple and to the point.

  17. zulya says:

    so interesting

  18. Swati says:

    i feel shiver at the last line, although it is the most simple one..the most simplest things inspire you.

  19. mamta nanda says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I have been carrying this reminder with me as it helped me tremendously to let go of some other stuff that I had been carrying around with me unnecessarily.

  20. dominique wiche says:

    The pure heart has a detached mind that senses what has to be done when it’s needed to be done without sticky thoughts…

  21. Aparna says:

    simple and profound! Loved it!

  22. Lots of determination. maybe they were guy! lol

  23. Muhammad Ali says:


  24. IN SEARCH OF PEACE......... says:

    detachment from the situations and people is what we should all seek for it will help us to move on in life and the after life as well……..

    1. vicky aarakit says:

      this is a good thought we shouldnt always stick to things that dont matter

  25. Randy says:

    Dear Paulo,

    This is a parallel of a Zen story.

    The essence of the story reminds me the transient nature of life and not hold on to anything good nor bad.


    Randy, Singapore

  26. helen says:

    i wish i can make something that succinct and with such impact. 10 seconds and i already get the lesson of detachment. i am such a fan!

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  29. sam says:

    Gr8 story sir, it’s beauty lies in it’s simplicity

  30. sherry says:

    yes sometimes we forget to to leave what’s in the past. thanks so much for the reminder

  31. Abdul Wahid Al Bastaki says:

    A perfect example for our life. We should be like Tanzan, dwe should not cling to issues that hold us back from progress, and freedom.

  32. Mathilde says:

    smile :)

  33. chasing dogs says:

    simple and brilliant!

  34. Mariangel says:

    Me encantó!!

  35. avantika says:

    dear paulo, what you write reaches my heart. thank you :)

  36. Malihe says:

    Hi Aksh. How do you know all about it? Today I love you more than Paulo.

    1. aksh says:

      Thanks for your love malihe; inquisitive soul that i have been, i read it in some quasi religious text, and my iimagination being Ok, i can sort of see the scene !


  37. Monika says:

    I feel like the monk in the image.